Posted by: adrienehill | February 17, 2009

The trouble with online job listings

The WSJ has an interesting article today about on-line job listings and why searching via internet can be so frustrating.  From the article: 

“If you’re launching an online job hunt for the first time in a while; take caution. What may look like an ad for employment may lead to something entirely different, like a hard sell for career services or job-training manuals. Or worse, it might be a plan by identity thieves to get you to share sensitive personal information via “phishing” expeditions. Some of the job postings — sometimes for positions long filled — also could be from recruiting agencies looking to collect résumés. The problem of job postings that aren’t what they seem is adding to the frustrations of the more than two million recently laid-off workers who are competing for an increasingly limited number of jobs. ”

“So how can you tell if a job posting is insincere? One sign is that it lacks details about the hiring company and position, says Pam Dixon, executive director of the World Privacy Forum, a nonprofit group in Cardiff by the Sea, Calif., that specializes in privacy matters. Such an ad might describe an employer as a “major technology firm” rather than cite annual sales or say what kind of technology it produces. It also might offer a vague job description or list a salary range spanning more than $50,000. Genuine ads typically target applicants who have a specific amount of experience and pay salaries commensurate with their backgrounds, says Ms. Rigoli of the Fordyce Letter. If you’re unsure whether an ad is sincere, you can protect your identity when responding by providing a resume with a post-office box address instead of your home address, says Ms. Dixon. You might also list just your initials in the document and not your full name. Further, consider using a disposable email address to prevent spam from clogging up the one you normally use. If a business address or company name is provided, and it’s a name you don’t recognize, search for the employer’s Web site to learn more about it. You also can check for any complaints filed against it with the Better Business Bureau at and consult with people in your network.”


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